Wall Built to Hide Slum From Anti-Poverty Conference

Move 'just a little fixing up,' Philippine government says

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 3, 2012 3:22 AM CDT

(Newser) – Delegates attending an international anti-poverty conference in Manila this week were shielded from unsightly poverty by a wall hastily erected by the Philippine government, reports the AP. The makeshift wall put up before the Asian Development Bank conference hid the view of a sprawling slum along a creek from visitors traveling from the airport to downtown Manila. Critics called the move reminiscent of the Marcos regime but a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino defended it, saying "any country will do a little fixing up before a guest comes."

A protester holds a sign during a rally in Manila protesting the Asian Development Bank's role in privatizing utilities.
A protester holds a sign during a rally in Manila protesting the Asian Development Bank's role in privatizing utilities.   (AP Photo/Pat Roque)
The temporary wall blocks the view of a sprawling slum along a creek.
The temporary wall blocks the view of a sprawling slum along a creek.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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